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REVIEW: Sankeys Dance 88/89, 27.03.16

Victoria Warehouse in Manchester was nostalgia central on Easter Sunday

2016 Mar 28     
2 Bit Thugs

A stunning line-up of veteran deckmeisters served up the tunes that started it all to a mixed crowd of ageing rave diehards and eager-to-learn youth

On Easter Sunday, iDJ headed up to Manchester for Sankeys Dance 88/89 at the Victoria Warehouse, where a quite incredible line-up of veteran DJs were on hand to serve up a history lesson for today's young clubbers and a nostalgia-fest for the oldies. The assembled crowd were split roughly 50/50 between the two, and it's fair to say a fine time was had by all.

The talent roster (in alphabetical order): 808 State, Alfredo, Adamski, Colin Dale, Evil Eddie Richards, Fabio & Grooverider, Frankie Valentine, Graeme Park, Marshall Jefferson, MC Kinky, Mr C, Nicky Holloway, Terry Farley, Trevor Fung. Or, to put it another way, some of the most important UK DJs of the acid house era plus one bona fide Chicago originator. 

Admittedly, turn-out wasn't quite what the promoters had probably hoped for, and as a result there were times when the dancer count in one or other of the two rooms would be quite sparse, while the chill-out space between them was ruddy FREEZING. Better indication of who was playing in which room when wouldn't have gone amiss either, as one 50-something geezer in a baseball cap tends to look much like another when surrounded by lasers, strobes and dry ice! 

But none of that mattered too much, because the classics came flowing thick n' fast, and what the crowd may have lacked in numbers it certainly made up for in friendly, up-for-it attitude, not to mention smiley t-shirts! And when you're bouncing up and down to Move Your Body (The House Music Anthem), Everything Starts With An E (delivered live by MC Kinky herself), Strings Of Life or 808 State's epic 'Patrick Cowley's mix of Donna Summer I Feel Love with lashings of extra 303' workout, while beaming strangers offer hugs and water, who's grumbling?

Not us, certainly. So a big iDJ thanks go to Dave Vincent and his team: for having us, and for serving up such a faithful reminder of just what we loved about all this in first place...

Words: Russell Deeks    Pics: Tessa Beeching

 

Fabio & Grooverider

808 State 

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 Sankeys Dance 88/89 

MC Kinky 

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 Sankeys Dance 88/89 

 Sankeys Dance 88/89 

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Mr C 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Sankeys, Dance 88/89, Victoria Warehouse, acid house, rave, Manchester, 808 State, Alfredo, Adamski, Colin Dale, Evil Eddie Richards, Fabio & Grooverider, Frankie Valentine, Graeme Park, Marshall Jefferson, MC Kinky, Mr C, Nicky Holloway, Terry Farley, Trevor Fung, old school